At an Early Modern Banquet: Marchpane in Romeo and Juliet (c. 1595)

By Gašper Jakovac Both Petrarch and Romeo enter the labyrinth of love fiercely, suddenly, and in a very particular place and point in time. The juxtaposition of their encounters is, however, characterized by stark discrepancies. Whereas the former meets his beloved for the first time in the Church of St. Claire in Avignon, on ‘the day the sun’s ray had turned pale / with pity … Continue reading At an Early Modern Banquet: Marchpane in Romeo and Juliet (c. 1595)

A Literary History of Chocolate: Coming Soon!

‘Chocolate is…the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.’ – Justus von Liebig On the 23rd of September, we will be giving a public lecture as part of Durham University’s Late Summer Lecture Series. Our Literary History of Chocolate will be a whistle-stop tour of sumptuous highlights in literature from several continents. We will explore themes of colonial exploitation; the association of cocoa with extravagant luxury and desire; … Continue reading A Literary History of Chocolate: Coming Soon!

Forbidden Fruit: Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1860) (Spoiler Alert!)

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I (Amy) love a good Gothic novel. Even in the height of summer (ok, so it’s 15 degrees and raining right now in Durham, but it is still August), I can’t wait to curl up on the sofa to lose myself in tales of mystery, murder, forbidden love, supernatural beings, multiple narrative voices, and the … Continue reading Forbidden Fruit: Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1860) (Spoiler Alert!)